June 9, 2014 - The Veterans Affairs “scandal” story is fading from the news, as VA scandal stories always do. That is the scandal.
In a previous post, I talked about Congress’ culpability. For years, Congress has demanded that the VA expand its mission and services but has not provided the money to do it properly. And now Congress is outraged.
The truth is the government has been making a mess of serving veterans since the Veteran’s Bureau was commissioned in 1921. From the research I’ve done, there seem to be many complications that have endured for decades and are immune to repair.
Veterans have difficult health problems -- chronic conditions and complex mental health issues -- and addressing those issues has gotten even harder as soldiers survive catastrophic wounds that would have been fatal until recently.
And this is just a highlight reel.
The bottom line is that Congress, the press, the presidents and we the people have had countless opportunities to turn outrage into action. Sometimes, the scandal cycle led to important reforms, if never a transformation of the VA.
“Throughout its history, the VA’s very public failures have shaped its development as profoundly as its successes,” Moore wrote in The Washington Post. “If there is any silver lining to our current outrage, it is that in the past, acts of negligence or corruption have led to dramatic improvements in the care veterans receive.” read more>>>
And in the Shinseki VA they were not only trying to fix what was ignored, by those served, in the agency, they also started addressing the long long............. ignored issues of previous wars especially. Those few within saw their chance to use politics and their own greed, politics as to the Gen who had a target on him since speaking Military Truth and the bushco firing him!!!
There's 'whistleblowers' And then 'political whistleblowers', and in the grossly under funded for decades VA this is reading more like that latter along with greed!!